Game 121: Put Beckett Out Of His Misery

The Rays continued their hot streak today by finishing up a four game sweep of the Angels, putting Tampa Bay just 4.5 games in back of the Yankees. The team just doesn’t seem to lose. The Yankees have no choice but to put Josh Beckett and the Red Sox out of their...

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The Farm Report: 8/18/12

Trenton lost to Bowie 3-2:
The Baysox struck first with a run in the third on a RBI single by Ty Kelly. Robbie Widlansky lined a single to right in the fourth, as Buck Britton followed with a double. A ground out plated Widlansky, giving Bowie a 2-0 lead.  Meanwhile, Trenton struggled to get a hit against Jacob Pettit.  The Thunder finally broke through in the eighth, as Addison Maruszak homered to center. Bowie got the run back with a homer by Ronnie Welty in the ninth. Adonis Garcia and David Adams both drew walks, and Garcia scored on a single by Luke Murton, however, it was not enough as they lost 3-2.

Trenton only had two hits, with Luke Murton going 1-3 with a RBI and Maruszak going 1-3 with a homer. Vidal Nuno went six and gave up two runs on seven hits, a walk and four Ks. Graham Stoneburner pitched two strong innings, walking one, giving up a hit and picking up a K.…

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Saturday Night Open Thread: I’m Sick Of Ciriaco

In lieu of a game recap – truthfully, I really don’t feel like rehashing this afternoon’s game. It was bad enough to watch the first time – I figured we could have an open thread and log our complaints about what transpired this afternoon.

Okay, fine, I’ll mention a couple of things:

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Lester forgets it’s 2012, tosses seven-inning gem as Red Sox topple Yanks 4-1

Perhaps it’s a bit unfair to Lester to put all the blame for his dismal numbers onto him: by some metrics, he’s actually having a relatively acceptable season, pitching-wise. His FIP is 3.91, and his xFIP is down at 3.61 (he’s giving up homers at a slightly elevated 14.1 HR/FB%), his batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is 20 points above his career average, and his LOB% is about 10 points below his career mark. All of this suggests that he’s getting a bit unlucky–though just a bit. The BABIP and LOB% are a bit outside of his normal range, but they’re not huge outliers, and he might be giving up more homers this season because he’s leaving balls out over the plate more. While some of these numbers are indicative of bad luck, it’s hard to know when bad luck ends and a genuine drop in talent begins. The question, then–and it’s definitely one for another article, probably on another, more Sox-focused site–is whether Jon Lester’s mean stats are closer to what we’ve seen this year, or whether his talent is unchanged, and that this season is just an outlier.…

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Game 120-Boston Dead Sox

Its been a long time since the Sox were this far back on this late a date. The manager is getting heat from his two best players, Beckett and Lester can’t get anyone out, Big Papi is hurt, and they’re maxed out financially so there doesn’t appear to be any major moves on the horizon...

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